Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde tell his people that he feel the same pains they’re feeling
Seyi Makinde spoke for the first time about the escape of Sunday Shodipe, an alleged serial killer, who was arrested in connection with killings in the state’s Akinyele Local Government Area.
On Sunday, police under Enwonwu’s leadership said the suspect has escaped police custody. Mr. Olugbenga Fadeyi, Oyo State Police Command, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer (PRO), said the suspect escaped after being charged to court.
Since then Makinde haD has remained silent over the suspect’s escape.
However, Makinde on Tuesday gave marching orders to security operatives to ensure the re-arrest of the suspect.
Makinde, who was represented by his Special Security Advisor, Mr. Fatai Owoseni at a meeting of the Town Hall held at Akinyele Local Government, said that the re-arrest of the suspected mastermind of at least six ritual killings in Ibadan must be made a top priority for security operatives.
He reiterated that his administration places a premium on security of lives and properties in the state, urging the residents of the area to remain calm and not take laws into their hands.
“All of us have followed the incidents in Akinyele; the arrest of the principal suspect in the case and, of course, his escape from custody, after being arraigned in court.
“We are here today in this Town Hall meeting and Governor Makinde has directed that we should let the people in the community know that as governor, he shares their pain; and as people of Oyo State, we share in the pain; and what has happened is condemnable and unacceptable in all materials particular.
“Be that as it may, the governor also wants us to dialogue with the people, with a view to ensuring that as much as security challenges can affect economic development, so also are barbaric actions like taking laws into people’s hands.
“Yes, the people have the right, having suffered such pains, to come out to protest. But when we do our protest, we should do it in a way that will not continue to destroy property of people. Because the properties of people we are destroying could also be members of our family. Everyone knows that what has happened is bad but for every 12 disciples of Jesus Christ, you see a Judas Iscariot.
“So, His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, apart from being pained, sharing in the pains of the people and being in solidarity with them, has also ensured that this gets to the hearing of the top echelon of the police, that is the Inspector General of Police. The governor and IGP have given the marching order to the commissioner of police and all his officers in Oyo State to work with the people in the community, so as to ensure that the suspect is rearrested; and ensure that all those cases are investigated to a logical conclusion.
“Just like the state gave the security agencies the wherewithal and tools to apprehend that suspect in the first case, so also is the governor deploying whatever is necessary and the enablement that will make them succeed. And they must work in partnership with the members of the community in the spirit of community policing.
“So, we have come here to pass this message to our people here. They have also given their commitment to work together with the police to make sure the suspect is re-arrested, investigated and prosecuted.”